This year is probably the most balanced at the top of the SEC in conference history. There are 6 teams all of whom could beat any of the other 6 and all of whom would beat most any other team in the country. And, I suspect all six of these teams will win their bowl game and finish in the top 10. I don’t know if that has ever happened before but Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are all top 10 teams.
In some bizarre way the SEC Schedule Makers, without knowing it, arranged for the conference to win it’s 7th NC in row this year. How did they do that? By canceling the Alabama-Georgia game that was originally on the schedule. You see of the “Big 6", 2 of them (LSU & UF) played 4 of the other 5, 2 of them (SC & aTm) played 3 of the other 5, and 2 of them (Bama and UGA) played just 2 of the other 5.
What the Schedule Makers did was allow for Bama and UGA to each basically win one game (for Bama it was LSU and for UGA it was UF) and make it with one loss to the SECCG. From there one team will eventually beat ND for the NC.
And, I don’t think it is any coincidence that the two teams of the “Big 6" with the easiest path to SECCG & NCG have emerged and one of these will win the NC. Now obviously Bama and UGA had to take care of business against some mediocre teams like Mississippi, MSU, and Vandy. They also had to take care of business against the really bad teams in the conference like Mizzou, UT, AU, UK, Arky. But...and I find this very telling...not one of the “Big 6" lost a game to one of the 8 also rans in the conference. Therefore, if you consider these 6 to be essentially on the same level, we find there was not even one real upset in the conference this year. (I doubt that has ever happened.) And, for the “Big 6" there were no out of conference losses. In fact most of the “Big 6" out of conference games were routs.
So, in hindsight, it is pretty clear that any of these 6 could have won the NC this year. They all have that kind of a team. When Bama and UGA only had to play 2 of the other 5 they had the inside track to the NC.
I mention all of this because heading into Sat. I hear a lot folks saying UGA had an easy schedule. Well, the truth is, we did too. That doesn’t mean we are not the best team in the conference or the nation. That just means for 2012 we finally had a relatively easy draw. That has not been the case much in the past decade, but is the case this year. Hopefully, Alabama, not Georgia, will be the one taking advantage of what the Schedule Makers have given us.
Tell me what you think.
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